Closure Date for Recruitment Exercise: Must We Legally Comply With This?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 October 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Recruitment and Selection; Closure Date for Applications

If an organisation sets a date for receipt of applications for say example, 2 weeks, but finds a great candidate in week 1 – what are the issues associated with not adhering to the 2 week closure date? 

It would be unlikely for there to be any legal repercussions if an employer wishes to close a self-imposed application date early. However, employers should keep in mind their obligations for fair employment opportunities. 

In order to ensure a wide pool of applicants have been given the opportunity to apply then it may be best to adhere to the closure date for applications, and potentially even extend this date if only a small number of applications have been received. Employers

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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